Understanding each and every traffic sign is among the most important aspects for all road-users. The traffic signs communicate the basic rules and regulations of the road through simple graphics that can be understood within seconds. Also, anyone who wishes to apply for a driving license first needs to learn all the traffic signs in order to pass the theoretical examination of driving. Here, in this post, we tell you in detail about the road signs and their importance.
In all, there are three kinds of road signs in India, which are as follows-
As you can understand from the name, these are the road signs that need to be followed compulsorily, failing which, one might be issued a challan by the traffic cops. These signs are used to make sure that free movement of traffic isn’t hampered, while the road users are made aware of the specific laws, such as those of speed limits and no parking zones.
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These traffic signs are required to make the road users realize potential dangers or safety hazards on the road. These signs are, in a way, used to caution the driver to take the necessary steps that make him or her ready to handle a situation.
These are a type of traffic that are used to tell the road users about information such as that on the destination, distances, fuel stations, nearby medical centre, public convenience, etc.
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Parents love their children more than anyone and anything else in the world and do all they can to keep their kids safe and secured. However, it’s not always possible to accompany one’s children everywhere and the safety of kids on road is a matter of great concern. While kids stay exposed to risks everywhere, it’s on the road that the danger is heightened. However, the authorities have seen to it that appropriate signs for the safety of children are put up at places like school or playing zone. That said, children need to be aware of these road signs and safeguard themselves from potential hazards. Hence, it is the duty of the guardians to educate their kids about traffic signs. Given below are some traffic signs in India for kids that one should teach to his or her kids-
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Teaching your children about the above traffic signs can be seen as the first step towards making them responsible drivers when they grow up.
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As per official data, almost 400 road accidents happen in India every day. Also, as per statistics shared by WHO, road mishaps cost almost 3% of the total gross domestic product of a country. Hence, the road signs play an important role in the daily life of all road users.
Every road users, be it a vehicle-user or a pedestrian, should give utmost importance to road signs. As we said, it is important for all applicants of driving license to understand road signs and keeping them in mind can actually help one avoid mishaps.
|To Start One-Sided Vehicles|
|To stop vehicles coming from front|
|To stop vehicles approaching from behind|
|To stop vehicles coming simultaneously from front and behind|
|To stop vehicles approaching simultaneously from right and left|
|To start vehicle approaching from left|
|To start vehicles coming from right|
|To change sign|
|To start one sided vehicles|
|To start vehicles on T-Point|
|To give VIP salute|
|To manage vehicles on T-Point|
|Intend to move to the left or turn left|
|Intend to move to right or change lane to right|
|Intend to stop|
|I intend to slow down|
|Indicate the car following you to overtake|
|Centre Line Marking For A Two Lane Road|
|Lane Line And Broken Centre Line|
|Centre Barrier Line Marking For A Four Lane Road|
|Centre Barrier Line Marking For A Six Lane Road|
|Double White/Yellow Lines: Where visibility is low in both directions, neither side of vehicles are allowed to cross the line|
|Combination Of Solid And Broken Lines: One may cross the line but overtaking to be done only when it’s safe. Solid lines means crossing and overtaking is not allowed|
|Stop line – Indicates where to stop when directed by cop or lights|
|Give Way Line: Usually a double dotted line marked transversely at junctions.|
|Border or Edge Lines-|
|Parking Prohibited Lines|
|Yellow Box Junctions or Keep Clear: The vehicles should cross it only if a clear space is available ahead of the yellow box. Vehicles must not stop even briefly in marked area|
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If you look into its literal meaning, the term ‘Road Rage’ refers to a violent incident caused on a street, especially by an aggressive driver. However, in layman’s terms, road rage is an unfortunate incident where an angry motorist injures or causes damage to another road-user. It’s common for the occurrence of road rage to be accompanied by the use of swear words or impolite behaviour. It is not uncommon to find road rage in most drivers as the congested streets of most Indian cities can easily irritate even the calmest. These incidents of violence can be seen in day-to-day life mostly in peak hours when many public roads remain grid-locked for hours. Also, at times, drunk driving becomes the reason for road rage. It has been observed that road rage involves following activities-
Road Rage is a huge menace all over the world. Many countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, England, New Zealand and Japan have repeatedly taken steps to curb the menace of this phenomenon. One of the best ways to avoid being a victim of road rage is to keep oneself away from any sort of provocation. Hence, one should avoid making eye-contact with the offending driver and should not respond to his rude gestures. Also, one shouldn’t allow other drivers to get a sense of ‘competition’.
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A: Traffic signs and symbols are easy means of communication that let the road users remain aware of basic traffic laws, along with giving warnings and information about locations and nearby amenities.
A: While there are countless traffic signs, they have three basic categories – mandatory, cautionary, and informatory. However, they can also be sorted by colour and shape
A: Warning signs are usually diamond-shaped
A: Yellow traffic signs are usually warning signs that stand for slowing down, driving with caution, or a general warning. It may be yellow, or yellow-green with black wording or symbols.
A: Traffic signs are divided into three categories: regulatory, warning, and guide signs.
A: Yellow diamond signs are used for giving warnings to get alert, slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary.
A: White road signs are used to give directions on non-primary roads. White road signs can also be used in conjunction with warning road signs and regulatory order road signs. They are usually rectangular or square in shape.
A: Diamond-shaped traffic signs warn drivers of upcoming road conditions and hazards.
A: These are Warning Signs with black lettering or symbols and most are diamond-shaped.
A: Emergency Diversion Routes are signposted using black symbols on a yellow patch. There are four shapes — square, triangle, circle and diamond
A: The no overtaking road sign is circular with a red border meaning that it is giving drivers an order. The no overtaking restriction ends when the lines in the road change from a continuous white line, to a broken line.
A: Blue road signs provide road-users with a wide range of information, depending on their shape and location.